Posts Tagged "PCBs"

Flame Retardants Study (2012)

Flame retardants sound like a good idea to prevent our couches and computers and carpets from combusting. Yet these chemicals also accumulate and linger in our homes, sometimes winding up in household dust at levels of health concern. That was one of the central findings of a Silent Spring Institute study, the first to test…

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Consumer Products as Pollutants (2010)

Silent Spring Institute researchers analyzed indoor and outdoor air samples taken from 50 homes in Northern California, including 40 homes in Richmond, an urban, low-income, largely minority community close to a large oil refinery, other industry, and major transportation corridors, and 10 in Bolinas, a rural, affluent, coastal community without much local industry or transportation. The…

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Wood Floor Finishes (2008)

A Silent Spring Institute study found that old wood floor finishes in some homes may be an overlooked source of exposure to the now banned environmental pollutants polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These persistent organic pollutants have been identified worldwide as human blood and breast milk contaminants. They were widely used in industry as cooling and insulating…

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Flame Retardants Study (2008)

Flame Retardants Study (2008)

Californians have been exposed to significantly higher levels of toxic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, than people living in other parts of the country and the world. Animal studies have linked PBDEs to thyroid abnormalities, endocrine disruption, cancer, and effects on brain development. In this peer-reviewed study, Silent Spring Institute researchers found…

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State-of-the-Science Reviews (2007)

We all carry a body burden from the chemical swirl of our environment. But when does that burden grow too heavy? Which chemicals can be tolerated safely, and which trigger the development of cancerous cells? To help clarify the chemical risks for breast cancer, in 2007 Silent Spring Institute compiled the most comprehensive review to…

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